What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter is a simple matching game for preschoolers in which kids drag a letter to its matching outline. Gameplay encourages visual discrimination skills and letter recognition and includes audio prompts and feedback. Parents can adjust the difficulty level and other customization options in the settings menu. Parents can also record their own prompts and feedback for kids.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Engagement, Approach, Support
The simplicity of this app is surprising at first, but it may be all a preschool-aged audience needs. However, the single matching activity might not keep kids engaged for very long.
Kids learn letter names by repeatedly hearing them aloud as they drag them into place. The app supports visual recognition skills, but is pretty limited.
Parents have the option to provide meaningful support by recording customized audio prompts and feedback.
What's it about?
Kids see a white screen with a few colored letters jumbled in the center and the gray outline of those same letters along the top and bottom of the screen. A narrator prompts "Can you sort the letters?" Kids drag and drop letters to their matching shapes. Parents can adjust gameplay options from the settings menu. Options include turning off the sound and audio hints, setting minimum and maximum number of letters kids see each round, turning on or off lowercase and uppercase letters, and customizing the audio prompts and feedback.
Is it any good?
The simplicity of ABC ALPHABET BY LITTLE SORTER is at first a little surprising. With so many apps these days packed with colorful animations, cartoon characters, and sound effects, this single activity seems unusual. However, for the preschool-aged audience, it may be all they need. Without the sound, kids can focus on building visual discrimination skills; turn on the sound, and the app reinforces letter recognition as well.
That said, the simple matching activity might not keep kids engaged for very long. The range of customization options can help if parents are willing to put in the time and effort to record personalized audio prompts and feedback, or even re-record the letter names to add deeper learning opportunities.
Families can talk about...
Add personalized and deeper learning opportunities for your kids by customizing the app with your own voice recordings. For each letter, record the letter name, letter sound, and a word that starts with that letter.
Turn off the sound for a simple, quiet-time activity.